Saturday, 25 July 2015

Don Rusnak, Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Thunder Bay - Rainy River

Don Rusnak, Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Thunder Bay - Rainy River

Don Rusnak is Anishinaabe and is the Liberal Party of Canada’s candidate for Thunder Bay – Rainy River in Ontario.

Background and Experience
- Don is a lawyer in Thunder Bay who has extensive experience in forestry industry, public sector and through his own private practice.
- He has been the interim Executive Director for the Grand Council of Treaty 3 which represents dozens of Anishinabe First Nations in northwestern Ontario.
- Don previously worked for Manitoba Health helping to improve healthcare delivery services for northern Manitoba communities. He worked for Alberta Justice as a Crown Prosecutor for both criminal and regulatory offences.
- He has volunteered and supported a number of organizations including Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, Canadian Cancer Society, the Dew Drop In Centre and Harbour Youth Services of Thunder Bay to name a few.
- Don studied Political Science at Lakehead University and went on to finish his legal education at the University of Manitoba and Osgoode Hall Law School. 


Riding History
- Thunder Bay - Rainy River is northwestern Ontario that starts at Thunder Bay, straddles the U.S. border to the Lake of the Woods.
- It has a history of electing NDP and Liberal MPs, the current MP is NDP MP John Rafferty he has been the NDP’s Critic for Pensions.
- Former Chief Georjann Morriseau of the Fort William First Nation originally was a candidate but removed her name to run again for Chief, she is now a Councillor.
- The Aboriginal population of Thunder Bay – Rainy River is 10,765 or 13.4% (2011 Census) and include numbers several Anishinabe First Nations.

Candidates for Thunder Bay – Rainy River

Christy Radbourne, Green Party


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